Gun shot survivor Mphwiyo arrives in Malawi

Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo, who was in South Africa receiving  treatment on gun shot wounds after being shot at his house in Lilongwe on September 13 2013, arrived back in Malawi on Thursday.

Sources at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe told Nyasa Times that Mphwiyo arrived at noon on South African Airways amid tight security.

Mphwiyo is expected to appear before the Public Accounts Committeee of Parliament (PAC) which has insisted on interrogating him.

PAC has since last week conducted meetings with various stakeholders in its investigations into the looting of billions of kwacha from government coffers.

Mphwiyo : Back home

Those interviewed so far include former minister of Finance Ken Lipenga, former secretary to the Treasury Randson Mwadiwa, the Accountant General and the Chief Secretary to the Government.

Mphwiyo, a treasury official known for his efforts to fight corruption, was shot in the face and was airlifted to a hospital in South Africa where he underwent surgery.

His shooting set off a rollercoaster of developments that have laid bare massive theft at Capital Hill and arrests of some government officials.

PAC chair, Beatrice Mwangonde, said the committee is still pursuing that Mphwiyo should appear before the members.

“We could not meet him in the first meeting though we had intended to do so,” said Mwangonde.

“We want to meet him in the next meeting if he is fit and well. The committee members are interested to interview him,” she told Nyasa Times.

The committee is scheduled to meet again from December 9 2013 when they would  also summon the Director of Public Prosecutions for progress on prosecution of cashgate cases.

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